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The Works of Shakespeare

Afraid of being called at “beetle-headed, flap-ear’d knave“? Learn the language to fight back.
This course introduces the students to the range of Shakespeare's plays, including comedies, tragedies and histories, and to his sonnets. The course will also introduce students to Shakespeare’s language and times. Students need not be experts in Shakespearean plays to enroll in the course. Experts and novices alike are welcome.

Beginning Journalism

Through reading and analyzing professional models of non-fiction writing including news, features, editorials, and reviews, students will learn to plan, write, and revise news stories, profiles, personal experience, observational, and persuasive writing. Students will acquire the skills of fact gathering and note taking through interviews with primary sources and research of secondary sources. This elective course is a prerequisite for Advanced Journalism.

American Classics H (Advanced)

This course for students who want an advanced program in English uses the works of major American writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner as the source of studying composition and literature as well as American thought, culture, and values. As a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing.

US Government ELL

This course satisfies the state and district requirement for graduation.  It also meets the requirements for admission to the University of California.  It includes information on the U.S. Constitution and on the structure and operation of the American government at the local, state, and national levels.  It also provides insights into American politics and political values.   Discussion skills are emphasized, as well as reading newspapers and expressing opinions on legislative matters.  Active participation in local community service is encouraged. 

Contemporary World History ELL

This course satisfies the state and district requirements for graduation.  It also meets the requirements for admission to the University of California.  It continues the World History sequence with a study of the history and cultures of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, with emphasis on the inter-relationships among these nations and cultures.  


 

 

American Literature (General)

This course for students in the general English program uses the works of important American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Miller, Tan, and Lee as the focus for studying the composition and literature as well as American thought and values. Because it is a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or American Classics H  is required.

Literary Style (Advanced)

This course introduces students in an advanced English program to the writer’s options in literary genres such as drama, short story, novel, and poetry. Because it is a required course, the works of writers such as Shakespeare, Hardy, and Golding provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Writer’s Voice is required

Writer's Voice (General)

This course introduces students in a general English program to the writer’s choices for communicating a message through the variety of literary types: a Shakespearean drama, short stories, poetry, and the novel. Because it is a required course, the works provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Literary Style is required.

Advanced Problem Solving In Mathematics IV

The objective of this course is to foster excellence through competition. The course is offered in two discrete semesters, one not the prerequisite of the other, to 11th and 12th graders interested in expanding their mathematical horizon beyond the usual high school curriculum. Mathematical discovery and alternate methods of proof, shortcuts and multiple solutions to challenging problems and cross-curricular applications are explored. This course is ideal for students interested in participating in contests like the American Mathematics Competition and the Mathematics Olympiad.

Advanced Problem Solving In Mathematics III

The objective of this course is to foster excellence through competition. The course is offered in two discrete semesters, one not the prerequisite of the other, to 11th and 12th graders interested in expanding their mathematical horizon beyond the usual high school curriculum. Mathematical discovery and alternate methods of proof, shortcuts and multiple solutions to challenging problems and cross-curricular applications are explored. This course is ideal for students interested in participating in contests like the American Mathematics Competition and the Mathematics Olympiad.

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